Vistara Expands Its Codeshare Agreement With Japan Airlines

Japanese national flag carrier Japan Airlines (JAL) and Indian joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, Vistara have just announced an expansion of their codeshare agreement. The new deal will allow the Indian full-service airline and Tokyo-based Japan Airlines to offer more comprehensive connectivity on routes between Japan and India.

This new codeshare agreement opens up India to Japan. Photo: Venkat Mangudi Wikimedia Commons

Commencing from March 15th, both airlines will offer codeshare flights on Japan Airlines international flights to India focusing on the Narita International Airport (NRT) to Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) route and Tokyo (Narita) to Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru (BLR). In addition to the two above mentioned routes, Japan Airlines and Vistara will work together on all connecting flights within Japan and India.

The new agreement complements both airlines

The new agreement is also good for both airlines’ growth plans between the Indian subcontinent and the East Asian island nation, with Japan Airlines adding 13 new destinations in India to its network that include Amritsar and Goa. For its part, Gurgaon-headquartered Vistara will add five cities in Japan that include Nagoya, Fukuoka Sapporo, Tokyo, and Osaka.

JAL will 13 new destinations in India to its network. Image: JAL

The new codeshare routes commencing March 15th, 2020 are as follows:

International routes operated by Japan Airlines (JAL)

Narita International Airport (NRT) to Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)

Domestic routes operated by Japan Airlines (JAL)

  • Narita to Fukuoka
  • Narita to Nagoya
  • Narita to Osaka (Itami)
  • Narita to Sapporo
  • Haneda to Fukuoka
  • Haneda to Nagoya
  • Haneda to Osaka (Itami)
  • Haneda to Osaka Kansai
  • Haneda to Sapporo

Domestic routes operated by Vistara

  • Delhi to Varanasi
  • Delhi to Sri Nagar
  • Delhi to Raipur
  • Delhi to Lucknow
  • Delhi to Ranchi
  • Delhi to Leh
  • Delhi to Chandigarh
  • Delhi to Bagdogra
  • Delhi to Guwahati
  • Delhi to Kochi
  • Delhi to Bhubaneswar
  • Delhi to Amritsar
  • Delhi to Goa

New codeshare routes starting from March 29th, 2020

International routes operated by Japan Airlines

Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) to Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)

Narita International Airport (NRT) to Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru (BLR)

Travel between Japan and India is increasing

In a Japan Airlines press release to mark the occasion, Hideki Oshima, Japan Airlines` Executive Officer for International Relations and Alliances said,

“The travel demand from India to Japan has more than doubled in the past decade, making this a key market for Japan Airlines. By strengthening our partnership with Vistara, we will provide an international network that better matches the actual needs of our mutual customers.”

Chief Commercial Officer of Vistara, Vinod Kannan, added,

“We’re thrilled to have further deepened our relationship with Japan Airlines with this expanded codeshare agreement. Japan is a strong market for business and leisure travelers from India and this partnership will help us offer greater convenience, ease of connection and increased choices to our customers traveling to different cities in Japan. We also look forward to the opportunity of offering Vistara’s award-winning service and India’s only five-star flying experience to even more travelers from Japan and beyond on their Indian domestic flights.”

Vistara just received its first Boeing 787-900

Founded in 1951, Japan Airlines was the first Japanese international airline. The oneworld alliance member now serves 412 destinations in more than 60 counties together with its codeshare partners.

JAL was founded in 1951. Photo: Lämpel Wikimedia Commons

The airline operates a fleet of 241 modern aircraft and is a Skytrax certified 5-star Airline.

TATA SIA Airlines Limited, which goes by the brand name Vistara, is a joint venture between Tata Sons Limited and Singapore Airlines with TATA sons owning a majority 51%.

Vistara commenced its commercial operations on January 9th, 2015 and from the beginning aimed to be the best Indian full-service airline. Currently, Vistara flies to 35 destinations with a fleet of 32 Airbus A320s and seven Boeing 737-800NGs.

Just this past week Vistara unveiled its first new 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.